Luigi Voghera is nestled smack dab in the middle of Barbaresco country in Piemonte, in a small village called Tetti situated between the three main towns of the region: Treiso, Neive, & Barbaresco. In 1974, Luigi and his wife Pinuccia officially opened up their lovely winery to focus on what their estate fruit could do best. Luigi has since passed on, but his son Livio has followed in his father's footsteps and makes extraordinary wine from their sustainably-farmed 22 hectares of vineyards. Livio has a small but beautiful cellar full of large old oak barrels to help age some of his wines while still retaining specific varietal character from his grapes. Although Barbaresco is the true flagship of Livio's property, he is able to bring out a perfect and classic expression from every grape that he works with. As he has expanded his standard line of Nebbiolo and Barbera further, his Favorita, Arneis, and even Moscato are all precise and exquisite as well. All the time, Livio strives to work more and more with the native flora and fauna for a holistic production, and it shows in the love that you taste in the bottle.
luigi voghera langhe arneis
Voghera’s Arneis from the DOC Langhe region comes from 14-year-old vines in calcareous marl soils with a southwest exposure. After a hand harvest, and a fermentation in stainless steel, this wine sees no extra aging before it is bottled. This simple approach makes this famous Piemontese variety a crisp and refreshing wine, yet it has a full and pronounced texture that shows rich fruits alongside the clean minerality. On the nose, the wine is exciting, showcasing floral scents, and brings out the alluring flavors that follow on the palate. An outstanding complement to cheeses (such as Taleggio), fish, and also is able to pair with more robust dishes such as roast pork.
luigi voghera barbera d'alba
Voghera’s Barbera d’Alba Superiore is made in small quantities with the utmost care taken in the vineyards and in the winery. The grapes come from 20-30 year old vineyards on hillsides within the commune of Neive. The harvest typically occurs in the last days of September and is done by hand. After a gentle pressing, initial fermentation, and 8 days on the skins, the wine is racked to stainless steel tanks until it is bottled months later. Developing with age in the bottle, the wine is rich and full-bodied, with a fresh bouquet of red and blue fruits, touches of purple flowers, and light spice. Light tannins and a soft mouthfeel fill the palate with fresh fruits, creating a great pair with roasts, game, and risotto.
luigi voghera langhe favorita
Voghera’s Langhe Favorita is a local white varietal that is known for its freshness and lively fruit component on the palate. Coming from a fairly young vineyard for the estate, the grapes are typically harvested by late September, and go through fermentation for nearly thirty days in stainless steel. After a short rest, the wine relaxes in a bottle for a couple of months before it is released to the market. The resulting wine is fresh, dry, almost effervescent on the palate, and has a delicate fragrance of citrus fruits and pear. Delightfully refreshing and exuberant, the mouth yields bright acidity, lots of pear fruit, and is very enjoyable with fresh fish or cheeses.
luigi voghera langhe nebbiolo
Voghera’s Langhe Nebbiolo is a beautiful representation of the quality of fruit the Voghera estate has with Nebbiolo. A lovely southwestern exposed hillside vineyard of twenty years is harvested in early October and brought to the cellar for a soft pressing and fermentation in stainless steel. Refinement in French barrique for 10 months leads to a complex yet harmonious red wine. Floral notes accented by brushwood and spices fill the nose and then follow suit on the palate; accompanied by bright cherry tones, red plum, forest floor, fresh acidity, and gripping tannins. A wine that benefits from some decanting, enjoy it with rich dishes such as roasts and wild game, or strong, hard cheeses.
luigi voghera moscato d'asti
Voghera’s Moscato d’Asti is a beautiful example of what can be done with the Moscato varietal. The fruit comes from a very small 25 year old vineyard and is harvested by hand at the end of September. This wine shows mouth-watering aromas of ripe peach, apricot, pear, and melon with just a hint of earthiness lying underneath. In the mouth it is full of vibrant and luscious flavors of peach, pear, melon, and honey. A lovely refreshing wine with a perfect balance of fruit and sweetness, without being over the top and syrupy. This can be served with a wide variety of desserts but is also excellent as an aperitif.
luigi voghera barbaresco
Livio’s Barbaresco is the Voghera Family’s flaghip wine, and is only made in very small amounts. The grapes come from a 5-acre, 65-year-old vineyard on the hillsides outside of Neive. Once the fruit is brought into the cellar, the wine ferments in stainless steel tanks and then ages for 2 full years in very old giant French oak barrels. The outcome is an excellent example of traditional Nebbiolo fruit with big aromas of violet, bark, spice and cherry. The finish is beautifully long with lingering notes of cherry, leather, coffee, and chocolate. Decant in order to enjoy the full richness of this wine. This is one of the finest examples of robust Barbaresco with a lot of class, but doesn’t necessarily adhere to the ‘feminine’ side of its reputation, as it has a lot of grip and texture behind it.